Precinct One Events

Commissioner Cook Attends Southeast Loop Study Open House

Event held Monday, June 24 at the Hutto ISD Performing Arts Center

  • 16 July 2019
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 2835

Pictured at the Open House are from left to right: Brian Laborde, Taylor City Manager; Commissioner Cook; Brandt Rydell, Taylor Mayor; Mike Snyder, Hutto City Council; Gerald Anderson, Taylor City Council; and Paul Leal, candidate for Constable Precinct 4.

The Southeast Loop Study, which will consider connections for east/west travel between SH 130 and FM 3349 and north/south travel to US 79 is a Precinct 4 project introduced by Commissioner Russ Boles to enhance safety and mobility in eastern Williamson County. The project will also prepare for the tremendous growth in the region.

The Southeast Loop Study is proactively planning  for the next two decades. The U.S. Census Bureau recently announced that Williamson County is the fifth fastest-growing county in Texas, with population projections calling for continued and increased growth. There are 10,860 residential lots currently in development in Williamson County, more than twice that of Travis County  with 4,000.

For more information, please visit http://www.wilco.org/seloop.

Commissioner Cook Swears In Two Incumbent Members To The Round Rock City Council

The ceremony was held May 23, 2019, at Round Rock City Hall.

  • 28 May 2019
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 3185

Council Member Hilda Montgomery asked Commissioner Cook to swear her in for her second term on the Round Rock City Council. Council Member Montgomery won a special election for Place 6 in December 2017.

A communications glitch with Judge Bill Gravell left Council Member Rene Flores with no official to swear him in within the necessaryCommissioner Cook stands with Council Member Hilda Montgomery after she swore in the Council Member for her second term on the Round Rock City Council. timeframe, so he asked Commissioner Cook if she could fill in.

Council Member Flores was elected to Place 2 in May 2016 and is serving his second term.

Commissioner Cook was doubly honored to swear in both members that day. 

Commissioner Cook Joins Officials to Thank Potential Jurors at Jury Impaneling in Williamson County on May 10, 2019

Commissioners Designated Juror Appreciation Week May 20-24 through a Court Proclamation

  • 21 May 2019
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 3101

Juror Appreciation Week was created by legislation passed in 2015 during the 84th Legislature and was first celebrated in 2016.

The week is dedicated to honoring those who give of their time to participate as jurors in our judicial system. 

Shown in the center of a large group of potential jurists seated in the jury impaneling room were: on left, Wilco Judge Bill Gravell; center back, 26th District Court Judge Donna King; to her left, 368th District Court Judge Rick J. Kennon; left center, District Clerk Lisa David; right center, Commissioner Cook; seated Sheriff Robert Chody.Jurors are selected randomly from a database provided by the Secretary of State’s Office and downloaded into the county’s jury program.

The names are from a list of registered voters and citizens with a Texas driver’s license who live in Williamson County .

An average of 800 jury duty summons are sent by the District Clerk’s Office each Monday, unless a holiday falls within the week.

The ratio of those who appear at jury impaneling is between 35 and 40 percent, which is a very good turnout according to District Clerk Lisa David.

Commissioner Cook and Leaders Officiate at Opening of ESD No. 2 and Sam Bass Fire Station No. 3

Event Occurred May 16, 2019 at 2351 Great Oaks Drive - Fire Station north of Brushy Creek has decreased response time anywhere from 4 to 6 minutes

  • 20 May 2019
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 3294

Commissioner Cook speaks at the podium and behind her is former Fire Chief Bob Steinman listening.Commissioner Cook's Remarks: Dennis Ross, Pacheco Ross Architects, said in an article ironically, sometimes opening a new fire station is an opportunity for political recognition. “At virtually every ceremony, public officials from local to state or even the federal level come to speak about the project that they had absolutely nothing to do with,” said Ross.

OK – that’s me.

This was the first ESD to invite me to a meeting after my election and they even had a meal to share.  It was at this meeting that the plans for the grand facility were unveiled by the architect.

Two years have rushed by.

This week’s been filled with 12 and 14 hr days for me and it’s only Thursday –

For those of us in public service that it is what we signed up for.

I was watching Austin City Limits as I completed yesterday’s work on my computer, so borrowing the wise words of John Prine,

“But fortunately, I had the key to escape reality

And you may see me tonight with an illegal smile

It don’t cost very much but it lasts a long while

Won’t you please tell the man I didn’t kill anyone,

I know I’m just trying to have me some fun.”

Some fire districts prefer the traditional rolling of the fire engine into the station, the same way they would have rolled the hose cart back into the station in the old days.  This team selected this for the opening of this station #3.

Let’s do this!

Plaque at the entrance of the fire station.Front of the new Williamson County ESD 2 Station 3 Sam Bass Fire Department.

Commissioner Cook Participates in Wilco Recovery Initiative meeting

Meeting held Tuesday, May 14, 2019

  • 17 May 2019
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 2966

Wilco Recovery Community Initiative is a recovery oriented system of care in Williamson County striving to connect people and families to recovery from alcohol and substance use disorders. Frequent offenders in the justice system (half of which have co-occuring mental health and substance use disorder) cycle through the justice system at high cost to all community services systems. The initiative's goal is to reduce recdivism and improve the health and quality of life for those with alcohol and drug problems. Studies show that advocacy serves a dynamic role for the individual in recovery.

Organizations involved include: Lifesteps Council on Alcohol and Drugs, Wilco MOT, Code V Veteran Integration, Bluebonnet Trails Community Services, the Pavilion Clubhouse of Round Rock, Oxford House, Peers of Faith and many others. 

The Williamson County Sheriff's office and LifeSteps have a Memorandum of Understanding to implement programs for county inmates.

Supporting the Wilco Recovery Community Initiative from left to right are Shawn Dick, Williamson County District Attorney, Judge Stacey Mathews on the 227th District Court, Commissioner Cook, and Scott Matthew, Executive Director of the Williamson County Juvenile Services.


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